The agents of “Men in Black 3” save the world from aliens, and the world may be returning the favor for the Sony sequel.
The Will Smith comedy was at $202 million at the worldwide box office Sunday, after opening No. 1 in 104 foreign countries. That includes $19 million from both China and Russia.
It will finish the Memorial Day weekend on top in the U.S. too.
“MIB3” took in $19.4 million Saturday, up 8 percent from Friday’s $17.9 million. As of Sunday, it had taken in $55 million, which puts it on pace for a four-day haul in the $70 million range and will make it the best-opening film in the franchise.
The original “MIB,” which bowed in 2002, took in $51 million in its three-day opening weekend and “MIB2” did $52 million. Sony expects another $17.6 million Sunday and $15 million from “MIB3” Monday.
The numbers are good news for Will Smith too. His return to the big screen for the first time in four years stands as his third-biggest opening, behind “I Am Legend” ($77M) and “Hancock” ($62M).
The international numbers were buoyed by IMAX sales, which contributed about $12 million to the film’s worldwide total.
Disney’s “The Avengers” will be No. 2 this weekend. Its has a three-day take of $37 million, and is on pace for a four-day haul of $47 million. It crossed the $500M threshold in its 23rd day of release Saturday, easily beating the previous record of 32 days held by Avatar.
The Marvel superhero saga added another $26 million globally and passed “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” to move into the No. 5 spot on the all-time international grosses list with $781 million. Its worldwide cume is now $1.2 billion.
Universal’s “Battleship” is sitting at No. 3 for the weekend with $10.7 million over the three days. Paramount’s “The Dictator” is next with $9.6 million and “Chernobyl Diaries” from Warner Bros. is next with $8 million.